Optimism: Is it real, or just Facebook?
This editorial asserts that Facebook breeds optimism because it allows individuals to filter out people they deem to make offensive and/or depressing comments. Therefore, Facebook becomes a community of happy people that is designed to support you and massage your ego.
Although I see the truth in this idea, I want to take a second and point out the other side. Facebook can be quite depressing for me sometimes. It forces me to interact with people I may not like I have to maintain proper social graces. Facebook also breeds loneliness in that it reminds me I’m wasting my life away on a computer and not out doing something with “real” friends in the “real” world. Facebook is also a breeding ground for drama. Fortunately, I’ve never been involved with drama that originated on Facebook. I’d be so embarrassed with myself.
I don’t mean to imply that Facebook is all evil and out get us. But optimism, really? Perhaps in some ways but I see a multitude of other ways in which Facebook induces sadness and pessimism.